The Filibuster

arod_adjusting_cup.jpgThe player formerly known as Alex Rodriguez will soon hit his 600th Home Run.

Who Cares?

 
Mike 
Brooklyn Trolley Blogger
_______________________________

Not me.

I could care less, Mike.

And that’s… sad.  Sorta. 

To be honest, I’m so over it — all of it… the steroids, the scandals, the lying, the cover-ups, the BALCOs, the blue sweaters.  Yes, there comes a time when even extreme baseball purists like myself have no choice but to let…

…go.

Because baseball’s numbers will never be the same.  Never.  Long gone are the days when a digit might suggest greatness.  The hallowed marks of achievement died sometime in the late 80s, when a clubhouse party at the Coliseum consisted of needles, juice and dudes gettin’ jacked.  They killed it — they murdered the prestige.  It’s all dead now.  The numbers will never be as important as they were before PEDs, before Barry, before A-Rod. 

I’ve finally come to terms with that. 

And I’m also happy to say that the desacrilization of baseball’s numbers won’t kill the game

I used to think it would.

It hasn’t.

And it won’t.

Which is exactly why baseball is the grandest game on the planet.  It has withstood wars, betting scandals, collusion, labor disputes.  Its integrity has been challenged.  Its image has been smeared.  On many occasions, it has even been left for dead.

But it always comes back to life.  And it comes back to life bigger, better, stronger.

Hank Aaron.  755. 

Roger Maris.  61.

Those are the ones we choose — collectively, as a people, as a community — those are the ones we’ll remember. 

The other numbers?  I couldn’t tell you how many homeruns Barry Bonds hit in his career.  I couldn’t tell you because I don’t care.  The public doesn’t care.  We don’t care.

And that’s a beautiful sign that baseball has moved on, beyond the numbers; because, let’s face it: sometimes, you just have to move on.

In our case, we are all very lucky, because we get to move on together.

I’m right on that, Mike.  Just don’t hate me ‘cuz of it.

Peace,

Jeff

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18 Comments

I can safely say, I don’t care, even less since I hear he has special baseballs being pitched to him…..

-peter

http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

wow… the mlblogs blackhole is merged with the time machine… 2:41 when I commented, yet my comment went back in time to 1:40… now thats talent…

this is so cool… and for those who are non believers of the blog time machine or maybe my ability to see into the future, in about an hour say 2:35 pm Mike of BTB will post a comment and he will close his comment with a 3 second rule note and just a plain..huh?
I am that good..LOL

Cool…Thnx guys! Barry Who?
Long live the true HR King ~ Hammerin’ Hank Aaron.
..looking at that pic, maybe someone should remind him of the three second rule..huh?
mike

Peter — I assume your comments are on steroids. How else could they DO THAT!?
Mike — Is it three seconds or three shakes? I think three shakes. Cuz you can get more than three shakes in three seconds. I think. BRB.
–Jeff

Some of us do care, so I wouldn’t be so quick to generalize. A-Rod is a Yankee and I support the Yankees – all of them – unless they murder, kidnap or otherwise cause someone bodily harm. Was I disappointed that he used PEDs? Of course. But life goes on, and so will baseball.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jane — Agreed, baseball will go on… but you can’t convince me A-Rod hitting 600 means the same as Ken Griffey Jr. or Willie Mays. A-Rod isn’t respected. That’s just the way it is nowadays.
–Jeff

A-Rod really hasn’t made too many fans for himself outside of NY. More proof that baseball is a game for kids, and grown up just screw it up (see also: Bud Selig). That’s why it was meant to be played in a park or on a field instead of a stadium. Baseball will survive, as long as we hand it down to the next generations and teach them the true meaning of the sport.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Jeff,
I am more excited to see Minnesota Twins slugger Jim Thome’s rise towards 600 myself. Does that make me a bad person?
Seriously, when A-Rod was in Seattle, I cheered and hope for the best for him. Now, for some odd reason, I want him to just fade away. And it is not that he is wearing Pinstripes either. You knew that disaster, I mean event would come someday, and the Yankees were the only team willing to bankroll A-Rod without a collateral loan from the Money Store.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Mike — Great point. So, so true.
RR — I dig Thome, but if he hits 600, it won’t be the same. Those numbers will never be the same to me.
–Jeff

yes it is a tainted 600 but I still will show interest in this milestone. i’m a bealiever in the performance aspect. he did it and should be applauded. i’m hoping to make it to cleveland this week to actually see it!
http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Matt — Hard for me to understand the conflicting statements. He did and should be applauded? He did it, but not like the other guys (Mays, Aaron, Griffey) did it. He cheated his way to the number. So the number is dead to me. Why should he be applauded for achieving the number by cheating? What lesson does that teach? It’s okay to cheat your way to the top? I’ll pass.
–Jeff

How true. I mean, it’s obvious he’s not going to catch up with Bonds now that he’s stopped the juice. And what’s the real difference between him and Sammy Sosa? Anything? Actually, A-Roid kinda looks like a guido so he’s more likely to get a fake tan than a skin bleach.

Well I’m sure Arod cares :)

I wonder how pitchers feel like when they give up such milestones…. :( I’d hate to be on a wrong end of a milestone. I remember Jim Thome hitting almost all of his against the Angels :P

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

Cici — A-Roid…. I’m sure he’d bleach if he had to. Just seems like someone who would do that… just ‘cuz he can.
Mimi — Talk to Steve Trachsel about that ;-)
–Jeff

I don’t care either. I even have a hard time thinking that A-Rod could be proud of such a record in light of what he did to get there. If it were me, I’d be ashamed. But A-Rod? I guess he’ll throw a party.
Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Agree with you on this one Jeff. This is tainted therefore is just another regular HR me.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Jenn — A party with lots of high maintenance chicas I assume. Se la vie…
Emma — Just like any other one he hit… yep. Totally.
–Jeff

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